Help wanted with built-in microphone

Greetings. So I am using dualboot windows and garuda linux and i use my laptops microphone as my default. However my friends complain that my microphone is awful in linux but in windows it's good. After checking i believed to it myself. Can you help me to fix my microphone? I really doubt it's due to pipewire which Garuda Linux uses and I think that changing to pulseaudio might fix this problem but I don't want to break the system down. Help please? Thanks!!

Garuda inxi:


System:
Kernel: 6.4.5-zen1-1-zen arch: x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 13.1.1
parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/@/boot/vmlinuz-linux-zen
root=UUID=cb104dd3-e6bc-42b6-b7e5-ccf8875cd671 rw rootflags=subvol=@
quiet quiet rd.udev.log_priority=3 vt.global_cursor_default=0 loglevel=3
ibt=off
Desktop: KDE Plasma v: 5.27.6 tk: Qt v: 5.15.10 wm: kwin_x11 vt: 2
dm: SDDM Distro: Garuda Linux base: Arch Linux
Machine:
Type: Laptop System: LENOVO product: 82RG v: Legion 5 Pro 16ARH7H
serial: <superuser required> Chassis: type: 10 v: Legion 5 Pro 16ARH7H
serial: <superuser required>
Mobo: LENOVO model: LNVNB161216 v: SDK0T76461 WIN
serial: <superuser required> UEFI: LENOVO v: JUCN59WW date: 03/15/2023
Battery:
ID-1: BAT0 charge: 63.1 Wh (79.0%) condition: 79.9/80.0 Wh (99.9%)
volts: 16.4 min: 15.4 model: BYD L21B4PC0 type: Li-poly serial: <filter>
status: not charging cycles: 60
Device-1: hidpp_battery_0 model: Logitech G305 Lightspeed Wireless Gaming
Mouse serial: <filter> charge: 100% (should be ignored) rechargeable: yes
status: discharging
CPU:
Info: model: AMD Ryzen 7 6800H with Radeon Graphics bits: 64 type: MT MCP
arch: Zen 3+ gen: 4 level: v3 note: check built: 2022 process: TSMC n6 (7nm)
family: 0x19 (25) model-id: 0x44 (68) stepping: 1 microcode: 0xA404102
Topology: cpus: 1x cores: 8 tpc: 2 threads: 16 smt: enabled cache:
L1: 512 KiB desc: d-8x32 KiB; i-8x32 KiB L2: 4 MiB desc: 8x512 KiB
L3: 16 MiB desc: 1x16 MiB
Speed (MHz): avg: 1886 high: 3200 min/max: 1600/4784 boost: enabled
scaling: driver: acpi-cpufreq governor: schedutil cores: 1: 3200 2: 3200
3: 1600 4: 1600 5: 1600 6: 1600 7: 1383 8: 3200 9: 1600 10: 1600 11: 1600
12: 1600 13: 1600 14: 1600 15: 1600 16: 1600 bogomips: 102206
Flags: avx avx2 ht lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 sse4a ssse3 svm
Vulnerabilities: <filter>
Graphics:
Device-1: NVIDIA GA104M [Geforce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU] vendor: Lenovo
driver: nvidia v: 535.86.05 alternate: nouveau,nvidia_drm non-free: 535.xx+
status: current (as of 2023-07) arch: Ampere code: GAxxx
process: TSMC n7 (7nm) built: 2020-22 pcie: gen: 4 speed: 16 GT/s lanes: 8
link-max: lanes: 16 bus-ID: 01:00.0 chip-ID: 10de:24e0 class-ID: 0300
Device-2: AMD Rembrandt [Radeon 680M] vendor: Lenovo driver: amdgpu
v: kernel arch: RDNA-2 code: Navi-2x process: TSMC n7 (7nm) built: 2020-22
pcie: gen: 4 speed: 16 GT/s lanes: 16 ports: active: eDP-1 empty: DP-1,
DP-2, DP-3, DP-4, DP-5, DP-6 bus-ID: 34:00.0 chip-ID: 1002:1681
class-ID: 0300 temp: 42.0 C
Device-3: Bison Integrated Camera driver: uvcvideo type: USB rev: 2.0
speed: 480 Mb/s lanes: 1 mode: 2.0 bus-ID: 1-3:2 chip-ID: 5986:115f
class-ID: fe01
Display: x11 server: X.Org v: 21.1.8 with: Xwayland v: 23.1.2
compositor: kwin_x11 driver: X: loaded: amdgpu,nvidia
unloaded: modesetting,nouveau alternate: fbdev,nv,vesa dri: radeonsi
gpu: amdgpu display-ID: :0 screens: 1
Screen-1: 0 s-res: 2560x1600 s-dpi: 96 s-size: 677x423mm (26.65x16.65")
s-diag: 798mm (31.43")
Monitor-1: eDP-1 mapped: eDP model: BOE Display 0x0a9b built: 2020
res: 2560x1600 hz: 165 dpi: 189 gamma: 1.2 size: 344x215mm (13.54x8.46")
diag: 406mm (16") ratio: 16:10 modes: 2560x1600
API: OpenGL v: 4.6 Mesa 23.1.4 renderer: AMD Radeon Graphics (rembrandt
LLVM 15.0.7 DRM 3.52 6.4.5-zen1-1-zen) direct-render: Yes
Audio:
Device-1: NVIDIA GA104 High Definition Audio driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel
pcie: gen: 4 speed: 16 GT/s lanes: 8 link-max: lanes: 16 bus-ID: 01:00.1
chip-ID: 10de:228b class-ID: 0403
Device-2: AMD Rembrandt Radeon High Definition Audio vendor: Lenovo
driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel pcie: gen: 4 speed: 16 GT/s lanes: 16
bus-ID: 34:00.1 chip-ID: 1002:1640 class-ID: 0403
Device-3: AMD ACP/ACP3X/ACP6x Audio Coprocessor vendor: Lenovo
driver: snd_pci_acp6x v: kernel alternate: snd_pci_acp3x, snd_rn_pci_acp3x,
snd_pci_acp5x, snd_acp_pci, snd_rpl_pci_acp6x, snd_pci_ps,
snd_sof_amd_renoir, snd_sof_amd_rembrandt pcie: gen: 4 speed: 16 GT/s
lanes: 16 bus-ID: 34:00.5 chip-ID: 1022:15e2 class-ID: 0480
Device-4: AMD Family 17h/19h HD Audio vendor: Lenovo driver: snd_hda_intel
v: kernel pcie: gen: 4 speed: 16 GT/s lanes: 16 bus-ID: 34:00.6
chip-ID: 1022:15e3 class-ID: 0403
API: ALSA v: k6.4.5-zen1-1-zen status: kernel-api with: aoss
type: oss-emulator tools: alsactl,alsamixer,amixer
Server-1: PipeWire v: 0.3.75 status: active with: 1: pipewire-pulse
status: active 2: wireplumber status: active 3: pipewire-alsa type: plugin
4: pw-jack type: plugin tools: pactl,pw-cat,pw-cli,wpctl
Network:
Device-1: MEDIATEK MT7922 802.11ax PCI Express Wireless Network Adapter
vendor: Lenovo driver: mt7921e v: kernel pcie: gen: 2 speed: 5 GT/s lanes: 1
bus-ID: 02:00.0 chip-ID: 14c3:0616 class-ID: 0280
IF: wlp2s0 state: up mac: <filter>
Device-2: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet
vendor: Lenovo driver: r8169 v: kernel pcie: gen: 1 speed: 2.5 GT/s lanes: 1
port: 4000 bus-ID: 03:00.0 chip-ID: 10ec:8168 class-ID: 0200
IF: eno1 state: down mac: <filter>
Bluetooth:
Device-1: Foxconn / Hon Hai Wireless_Device driver: btusb v: 0.8 type: USB
rev: 2.1 speed: 480 Mb/s lanes: 1 mode: 2.0 bus-ID: 3-3:3 chip-ID: 0489:e0d8
class-ID: e001 serial: <filter>
Report: bt-adapter ID: hci0 rfk-id: 2 state: down
bt-service: enabled,running rfk-block: hardware: no software: yes
address: <filter>
Drives:
Local Storage: total: 953.87 GiB used: 46.86 GiB (4.9%)
SMART Message: Unable to run smartctl. Root privileges required.
ID-1: /dev/nvme0n1 maj-min: 259:0 vendor: Samsung
model: MZVL21T0HCLR-00BL2 size: 953.87 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B
logical: 512 B speed: 63.2 Gb/s lanes: 4 tech: SSD serial: <filter>
fw-rev: CL1QGXA7 temp: 42.9 C scheme: GPT
Partition:
ID-1: / raw-size: 147 GiB size: 147 GiB (100.00%) used: 46.8 GiB (31.8%)
fs: btrfs dev: /dev/nvme0n1p4 maj-min: 259:4
ID-2: /boot/efi raw-size: 100 MiB size: 96 MiB (96.00%)
used: 59.1 MiB (61.5%) fs: vfat dev: /dev/nvme0n1p1 maj-min: 259:1
ID-3: /home raw-size: 147 GiB size: 147 GiB (100.00%)
used: 46.8 GiB (31.8%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/nvme0n1p4 maj-min: 259:4
ID-4: /var/log raw-size: 147 GiB size: 147 GiB (100.00%)
used: 46.8 GiB (31.8%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/nvme0n1p4 maj-min: 259:4
ID-5: /var/tmp raw-size: 147 GiB size: 147 GiB (100.00%)
used: 46.8 GiB (31.8%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/nvme0n1p4 maj-min: 259:4
Swap:
Kernel: swappiness: 133 (default 60) cache-pressure: 100 (default)
ID-1: swap-1 type: zram size: 14.82 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) priority: 100
dev: /dev/zram0
Sensors:
System Temperatures: cpu: 55.2 C mobo: N/A gpu: amdgpu temp: 46.0 C
Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A
Info:
Processes: 404 Uptime: 5m wakeups: 5 Memory: total: 16 GiB note: est.
available: 14.82 GiB used: 4.4 GiB (29.7%) Init: systemd v: 253
default: graphical tool: systemctl Compilers: gcc: 13.1.1 Packages:
pm: pacman pkgs: 1436 libs: 392 tools: octopi,paru Shell: fish v: 3.6.1
default: Bash v: 5.1.16 running-in: konsole inxi: 3.3.28
Garuda (2.6.16-1):
System install date:     2023-06-30
Last full system update: 2023-07-25
Is partially upgraded:   No
Relevant software:       snapper NetworkManager dracut nvidia-dkms
Windows dual boot:       Probably (Run as root to verify)
Failed units:

You're currently using Pipewire. I would suggest either jamesdsp or easyeffects for audio equalizers. They are also available for pulseaudio, but pipewire is the suggested sound server adjunct at present.

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You think I should use equalizers? They would make my microphone better?

I'm sorry, I misread your post. Frankly, I don't know. I've hardly ever used a microphone.

Check here for graphical applications: List of applications - ArchWiki

And here for information: Search results for "lenovo microphone" - ArchWiki
and here: Info / Arch Linux Forums

But please do not post to the Arch Forums. You run Garuda. :smiley:

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Hi there,

You can simply go to sound settings, and in input tab,

  1. Make sure your headphone mic is used as audio input device.

  2. Decrease/increase the audio input level. This will help to reduce noise, but with feedback from your friend, you can adjust it to desired levels.

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